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The magical saga of the women behind King Arthur's throne.

“A monumental reimagining of the Arthurian legends . . . reading it is a deeply moving and at times uncanny experience. . . . An impressive achievement.”—The New York Times Book Review

In Marion Zimmer Bradley's masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot's court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king's rise and schemed for his fall. From their childhoods through the ultimate fulfillment of their destinies, we follow these women and the diverse cast of characters that surrounds them as the great Arthurian epic unfolds stunningly before us. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur's kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory, until the fissure between old and new worlds' and old and new religions' claims its most famous victim.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
May 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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Vivid, detailed imagining

I first read this book about 15years ago and it has stuck with me. By far my favorite telling of the story of King Arthur and his Camelot.

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This book was a pleasure to read and the mysterious themes have stuck with me in the years since I read it, often coming to mind and sense at random times in my own life. There’s romance, action, politics, and religious theory woven into a beautifully written medieval setting setting. This book poses questions that only the reader can decide upon, making for a fun, thought provoking read. Will definitely read this again one day.

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This is my favorite book of all time. I have read it 3 times and will read it again. I have read all of the Avalon books that sequel and prequel this novel (The Forest House is also incredibly good). This story is told so well with so much detail and thought that it feels as thought it were true. I find myself dreaming to be an Avalon priestess living in the mists.

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